Australian Shelducks are one of the common waterfowl found around Perth. They are known to sporadically visit native frog ponds and pools.
Shelducks nest in tree hollows of old gum trees. Keep and maintain large trees in the garden to provide nesting habitat for native ducks. In winter and spring time families are known to venture into suitable gardens with their ducklings. Dense shrubbery and clumping grasses can provide suitable shelter for parenting ducks and their ducklings.
Below is a template and important considerations regarding nest boxes for owls.
Install the box on a tall tree close to the main trunk or a thick horizontal limb five meters or higher.
Position nest boxes away from direct afternoon sun.
Nest boxes are a long-term commitment and need maintenance and repair over time.
Never use metal wire inside a box. A wooden ladder or notches in the timber is much more suitable and won’t damage claws or talons.
Chipboard boxes degrade quickly and require replacement after a year of use.
Hardier untreated timber (Jarrah) is less prone to attack by fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms.
Do not use treated timber as this can emit fumes toxic to wildlife and their young.
Maintenance is critical to ensure any resident wildlife and their offspring remain safe.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Shelducks will enjoy hanging around a large frog ponds and other water bodies. They will eat vegetation, tadpoles, and aquatic insects living in ponds and damp areas of the garden.
Shelducks readily feed on lawn and animals living amongst the grass including slugs, snails, and small invertebrates.
Providing sources of water
Shelducks live near water and have been known to visit large bird baths, pools, and frog ponds to drink. If you have a below ground pool or a deep pond, include a platform to allow duckling an easier exit from the water.
Ducks help control pest and disperse seeds throughout the landscape. If you want to know more about native birds visit BirdLife Australia. Record your sightings on Birdata and help scientists monitor their population.